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DU’s Penrose Library hosts Weaver’s latest installation

Tim Weaver’s video, print and rare book exhibition opens Oct. 14  

 DENVER—Timothy Weaver, associate professor of Electronic Media Arts and Design and Digital Media Studies, has installed his art in museums and festivals from Ecuador to Berlin. Fans won’t have to travel nearly that far for his latest creation “Hylaea.” The video, print and rare book installation opens Oct. 14 at DU’s Penrose Library.

The exhibition will be distributed across three levels of the Penrose Library in four media clusters of visual and multimedia information. Weaver incorporates two different types of archives into this exhibit: rare books in the Penrose Library Special Collections and the remains of extinct birds from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“The project is an interactive video and print installation that seeks to reanimate the residues, record and archives of lost ecological memory from the extinct species cabinets of the museum and the rare book shelves of the library,” Weaver says. Weaver received a BS in Microbiology and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University before pursuing an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Colorado – Boulder. His interest is to find where art, ecology and technology interface.

Prof. Peggy Keeran, Arts and Humanities reference librarian at Penrose and coordinator of this exhibit, says Weaver causes us to think about our heritage, and what the cost is if we don’t preserve what we have, especially our wildlife and environment. Keeran saw Weaver’s installation that was part of the “Embrace” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum and asked him if he’d show the work at Penrose. Instead, Weaver created an entirely new installation.

“My intention in seeding motion, sound, interaction and macroscopic detail across the library is for viewers to recall that within less than a century of the publication of the first written and painted records of the astounding bird life of North America, both common and mythological species became the icons of human-induced extinctions,” Weaver says.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Weaver will also host an artist lecture Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in Sturm Hall Room 286. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP online by Oct. 25.


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